Disaster Emergency Response Agency - CDERA
"Managing Disasters with Preparedness"
The motto of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency encapsulates
the nature and work of this disaster management organisation which serves
the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
This regional inter-governmental agency established in
September 1991 by an Agreement of the Conference of Heads of Government
of CARICOM to be responsible for disaster management. There are presently
sixteen Participating States? within CDERA’s membership.
CDERA's main function is to make an immediate and coordinated response
to any disastrous event affecting any Participating State, once the state
requests such assistance.
Other functions include:
Securing, collating and channeling to interested governmental
and non-governmental organizations, comprehensive and reliable information
on disasters? affecting the region;
Mitigating or eliminating as far as possible, the consequences
of disasters affecting Participating States.
Establishing and maintaining on a sustainable basis, adequate disaster
response capabilities among Participating States; and,
Mobilizing and coordinating disaster relief from governmental
and non-governmental organizations for affected Participating States.